London: If you think that your friend often turns busy over phone on meeting you, it may be that he or she is opting for such a tactic simply to avoid you.
A study has found that many people when bored of talking to individuals around them, pretend talking to others by making fake phone calls.
In a survey it was found at least 13 percent of those who own a mobile phone resorted to this tactic rather than talking to someone nearby, Daily Mail reported.
That figure gets dialled up to 30 percent for people in 18 to 29-year-old age group and down to six percent for those aged between 50 and 64. In the 30 to 49 age group, 11 percent are regular fakers, it was found.
Smartphone owners, meanwhile, did their bit to bring the average up, with one in five of them admitting to conducting phoney calls.
Of those polled, 42 percent turn to mobile phones for entertainment. At least 40 percent declared their device was something they`d found useful in an emergency.
The survey was conducted by Pew Research Center`s Internet & American Life Project which interviewed 2,277 Americans.